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Open Files with Finder's App Switcher

Say you're in the Finder looking at a file and you want to open it with an application that's already running but which doesn't own that particular document. How? Switch to that app and choose File > Open? Too many steps. Choose Open With from the file's contextual menu? Takes too long, and the app might not be listed. Drag the file to the Dock and drop it onto the app's icon? The icon might be hard to find; worse, you might miss.

In Leopard there's a new solution: use the Command-Tab switcher. Yes, the Command-Tab switcher accepts drag-and-drop! The gesture required is a bit tricky. Start dragging the file in the Finder: move the file, but don't let up on the mouse button. With your other hand, press Command-Tab to summon the switcher, and don't let up on the Command key. Drag the file onto the application's icon in the switcher and let go of the mouse. (Now you can let go of the Command key too.) Extra tip: If you switch to the app beforehand, its icon in the Command-Tab switcher will be easy to find; it will be first (or second).

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Take Control News: Save with MacSanta Discounts

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On Tuesday, 18-Dec-07, you can save 20 percent on all Take Control ebooks as part of the month-long MacSanta promotion. Just enter the coupon code MACSANTA07 in our cart when ordering on that day to receive your discount. If you miss ordering on the 20-percent-off day, you can still save 10 percent with coupon code MACSANTA07TEN for all orders through 31-Dec-07. (While you're there, be sure to check out all the other products available at discount!)

Note that we usually embed coupon codes in our URLs to make things easier for you, but that wasn't possible in this case, so you'll need to copy a coupon code above, paste it into the Coupon Code field in the upper-right corner of our eSellerate-based shopping cart, and click the Enter Coupon button to apply it to your subtotal.

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